We’re still quite fresh into the year, but it’s never too early to take a closer look at the best sneakers of 2017 so far, so you can remain updated 365 days of the year.
Although this year still has a number of big drops in-store from all of the footwear brands we cover here on Highsnobiety, we’ve included a handful of sneakers below that could take the title of “Sneaker of the Year” in our end-of-year Highsnobiety Crowns, which will be rolled out later in December.
While we will keep this list updated with the best sneakers of 2017, here is a selection of the best drops of the year (so far).
COMME des GARÇONS x NikeLab Vapormax
Another example of the fruitful relationship between COMME des GARÇONS and Nike, this runway-ready version of the Vapormax featured a sock-like fit and branded tape along the forefoot in place of a lace closure. Two versions were teased in all-black and ice blue, to complement mainline versions of the sneaker which Nike is calling an Air Revolution.
adidas NMD_R1 “OG”
Originally released last year, NMD_R1 made a lot of noise in the sneaker world, and was undoubtedly one of the most popular sneakers of 2016 for heads of all ages. Capitalizing on the silhouette’s massive popularity, adidas brought back the OG colorway, featuring a black upper, complete with red and blue plugs in the midsole. You already know, NMD fans went wild.
Sneakersnstuff x Social Status x adidas Consortium Superstar Boost
The Superstar is one of the most classic shoes in adidas’ catalog, and when the German sportswear brand added its touted Boost technology, the refreshed silhouette instantly became a contender for sneaker of the year. Social Status and Sneakernstuff were brought on to introduce the silhouette as part of Consortium’s Sneaker Exchange program.
ACRONYM x NikeLab Air Force 1 Downtown
As a follow up on ACRONYM’s Lunar Force 1, the German technical brand led by Canadian designer Errolson Hugh once again takes on the Air Force 1, arriving in the form of the high-top Air Force 1 Downtown. Tactical details run throughout, including a milspec strap closure, and militaristic branding, while quality leather lofts up the design. Three total colorways were made available as part of a limited NikeLab release.
adidas Originals YEEZY Boost 350 V2
If the YEEZY Boost craze wasn’t big enough already, another rendition of the shoe sure added fuel to the fire. Colloquially named the “Zebra V2” by sneakerheads on the internet, this striped, black and white version did bear a certain resemblance to the African horse-donkey, but wasn’t explicitly named as such by adidas. Rather than being sold at the usual adidas stockists, the release was limited to adidas Originals stores and from adidas online, driving resale prices through the roof, and leading people to believe this was the most limited V2 yet.
Our Legacy x Vans Vault Pack
Vault by Vans joined forces with Stockholm menswear brand Our Legacy for a collaborative capsule that drew inspiration from California hardcore punk culture. Classic sneaker silhouettes like the Half Cab, Sk8-Mid, Old Skool and Authentic were imagined in bold orange, black and white color schemes. The elevated footwear offerings were also complimented by an apparel range in matching tones.
In the beginning of March, Supreme and Vans reprised their ongoing collaboration for 2017, dropping a collaborative Vans Sk8-Mid Pro. The New York brand added an unexpected twist to the silhouette, in the form of a velvet leopard upper with embroidered logo on the heel. As we can expect from any limited footwear drop from Supreme, these flew off shelves in seconds.
At a New York Fashion Week event in 2016, West was spotted wearing a pair of “Calabasas” branded adidas Powerphase sneakers. Fast forward to March 2017, and the sneakers officially released for $120 along with the full Calabasas range, which included a crewneck sweater, sweatpants, socks and a dad cap. The sneakers feature a Reebok-esque ’80s sportswear aesthetic, with gold printing on the side.
Perhaps the most momentous Jordan news since the Nike sub-brand’s Supreme collaboration in 2015, legendary graffiti artist Brian “KAWS” Donnelly served up his own take on the IV. The resulting sneaker is bare of any traditional plastic details, and instead is entirely comprised of premium grey suede, right down to the cage. The pared-down color scheme pays homage to KAWS’ Companion characters, and is finished with a glow-in-the-dark outsole. Naturally, KAWS’ “XX” is featured boldly on the heel in place of Jordan’s classic “Air” marking.
The collaborative Ultra Boost Uncaged between Canadian retailer HAVEN and adidas Consortium features reflective details on the laces, as well as reflective paneling on the Primeknit upper. The highly minimalist design is even bare of adidas’ signature Three Stripe detailing. As with any blacked-out Ultra Boost from adidas, these were an instant hit among sneakerheads around the world.
In the vein of Supreme’s other jarring Nike choices, like the Foamposite and Air Max 98, the New York City skate brand came correct with a pack of three Air More Uptempos in April 2017. While the black choice was by far the most sensible, additional red and gold choices rounded out the pack, which retailed exclusively online.
adidas continued its Futurecraft initiative with the technically advanced 4D, created in partnership with California-based firm Carbon, who introduced adidas to a technology called digital light synthesis. adidas was able to create over 50 different lattices for the midsole before landing on the current design, pictured above. Carbon’s programmable liquid resin platform uses light to create the shape of the sole, then uses heat to set it, allowing the team to create a print from scratch.
Corridor NYC x Victory Sportswear Indigo Canvas Runners
A curve ball from Victory Sportswear, this made-in-USA runner is made to order, crafted in Massachusetts, in collaboration with menswear brand Corridor. The vintage silhouette features a hand-stitched upper with indigo-dyed panels, which promise to fade with wear over time. Tasteful branding on the tongue constitutes the only labelling on the low-key sneaker.
So those are the best sneakers of 2017 so far. We’ll update this page with more details from the likes of Nike, adidas and more, so be sure to check back throughout the year.